15 Aug 2016 13:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 15 AUG (NAMPA) - A 24-year-old security guard was allegedly attacked by about 10 boys before they broke into several stalls at the Otjiwarongo Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Park on Monday between 02h00 and 03h00.
The guard, who was alone on duty, is employed by a local security company.
He sustained head and left arm injuries, and was treated at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital.
Traders and owners of goods stolen from the facility blamed the Otjiwarongo Municipality that owns the park for their losses, saying there is only one unarmed security guard on duty.
It is not the first time this kind of break-in is taking place at this business park, but still the Otjiwarongo Municipality continues to hire the security services of only one guard, said Helga Kapii, who operates Stall 23.
Kapiis raw and cooked meat, soft drinks and sweets, amongst others, were stolen by the suspected gang.
Kortilde Uukule, who operates Stall 15, said she lost her sweets, soft drinks, an unspecified amount of money and cooked meat.
Liina Kamengu from Stall 07 also lost mostly food items and N.dollars 300 she had left on Sunday in a container inside the stall.
Kamengu suggested that two armed security guards be deployed to protect their properties at the complex at night.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Serious Crime Unit members at Otjiwarongo were on Monday morning seen questioning the injured security guard at their offices.
No arrest has yet been made.
On her part, Otjiwarongo Public Relations Officer Adelheid Shilongo told Nampa through a text message on Monday that the municipality is aware of the break-ins at the SME Park.
We are going to assess what actually happened and call a meeting with the occupants of the stalls to plan the way forward, she said.